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Petra Burka in 1965.

Petra Burka (born 17 November 1946) is a Canadian ladies figure skater and coach.

She was born in the Netherlands to figure skater Ellen Burka and artist Jan Burka. Her family moved to Canada in 1951.

She was the Canadian senior ladies' champion from 1964-1966. She won bronze at the 1964 Olympic championships and was the world champion in 1965.

She became the first woman to land a triple Salchow jump at the 1962 Canadian Championships.

She was named Canada's Outstanding Athlete of the Year in 1964 and Canada's Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 1964 and 1965. She was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1965.

After retiring from competitive skating, she skated with Holiday on Ice from 1966-1969, and later became a coach. She also worked as a figure skating commentator for CBC and CBS.

Competitive highlightsEdit

Event/Season 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966
Canadian Championships 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
North American Championships - 2nd - 1st -
World Championships - - 3rd 1st 3rd
Winter Olympics - - 3rd - -

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